The Biden Administration, rather than dealing with the chaotic state of Afghanistan in what has become the most embarrassing blunder of American foreign policy in more than half-century, has instead chosen to pick on Republican states by opening a “Civil Rights Investigation” for not requiring schools to cover the faces of children, who are – for all intents and purposes – virtually immune from symptoms or transmission of COVID-19.
Apparently, in the mind of Joe Biden, being given the option to mask-up – rather than being forced – is a violation of civil rights. On August 18, Biden issued a memorandum promising to weaponize the Federal Department of Education to support school boards requiring masks in states where schools have been forbidden by law from requiring masks.
That memo read…
…some State governments have adopted policies and laws that interfere with the ability of schools and districts to keep our children safe during in-person learning. Some of these policies and laws have gone so far as to try to block school officials from adopting safety protocols aligned with recommendations from the CDC to protect students, educators, and staff.
“I direct the Secretary of Education to assess all available tools in taking action, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law…” before promising to sue, harass, or intimidate states that have passed legislation against forced masking.
States initially chosen to be harassed by the feds include Iowa, South Carolina, Utah, Oklahoma and Tennessee. These states all have one thing in common; they have passed laws forbidding school districts from forced masking.
Montana did not receive such a notice, primarily because Montana did not pass such a law (although laws were passed forbidding vaccine discrimination, laws placing health officials under the power of elected officials, and forbidding local or county governments to surpass statewide mandates).
Numerous schools in Montana’s “blue dot cities” (towns chosen by leftists to turn Montana blue like Bozeman, Missoula, Whitefish, and Helena) have indicated a return to masking. But not anymore; Gianforte has stopped them. The School District of Billings, although not qualifying (yet) as a “blue dot city,” has also required masking.
Governor Gianforte has issued a temporary emergency rule through the Department of Health and Human Services that the federal rule handed out by the Biden Memo, referencing the CDC’s schizophrenic, ever-changing rules, is based upon “inconclusive research.”
Indeed, he’s right. There’s no empirical data to suggest that masking stops the spread of COVID-19, and in fact, there’ more scientific data suggesting that masking has adverse health effects.
So then, who will be in charge of whether kids are forced to cover their faces? It’s not the feds, the states, or the local districts. Thanks to Governor Gianforte, it will be the parents.
Gianforte ordered schools take into account “parental concerns” when adopting mask mandates and provide parents the ability opt-out of health-related mandates for a wide array of reasons including physical and mental health, developmental needs, religious beliefs, and moral convictions.
If you would like an exemption for ordained Montana clergy to opt-out of masking or vaccines, please email Jordan@GideonKnox.com to request one.